Shade Metals

Species Specific Botanical Jewelry

sugar maple

Maple, Sugar (Acer saccharum)

Sara & Cesar

NATIVE RANGE: Canada down through Tennessee

DESCRIPTION: Medium sized deciduous tree with distinct five lobed palmate leaves that turn bright yellow and red in fall, winged samaras.

JEWELRY: Miniature and smooth versions of its distinctive leaves.

Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum ID 103162303 © Donyanedomam |

Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum ID 103162303 © Donyanedomam |

SUGAR SHACKS: Harvesting maple sap begins around March, when warm days and cool nights trigger the sap to flow. Every gallon of sap that is collected makes only 1 gallon of syrup. Boiling the sap down to its syrupy sweet form can take all day, at least 12 hours. The sugar shack where this production takes places is often coated in a film of sticky sweetness as the water evaporating from the sap leaves sugary traces on everything it touches.

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